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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Letter J

I chose "Jinkies!" for the letter J of my alphabet. I considered using "Jumpin' Jehosephat," the catch phrase of Yosemite Sam, but I decided that Velma was a better role model for my daughters.

Velma is actually my older daughter's favorite Scooby Doo character. I have nothing against Daphne, but I am happy that Megan prefers the smart one.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A Weekend in Chelsea

I am participating in a group show this weekend. Here are the details:
Where: A.I.R. Gallery
511 West 25th Street, #301
New York, NY 10001
Reception Friday, August 31st, 6 - 7:30 PM.
Show continues Saturday, September 1st, noon - 6PM. Free to public.
Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Letter I

Okay, back to my Interjections Alphabet. I drew Hank Hill saying "I tell you what" for the letter I. I like Hank Hill because he reminds me of my father-in-law. My favorite Hank Hill quote is when Hank, referring to his lawn, says "There's just something wrong with her . . . .. it's like a pretty girl with short hair."

Hershey Park

We spent the weekend in Lancaster County and Hershey, PA. Our kids were bored by the Amish stuff, but loved Hershey Park. What does this say about us?

We actually knew (or at least hoped, anyway) that the girls would like Hershey; their favorite movie right now is the Johnny Depp version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Hershey doesn't allow factory tours anymore, but they do offer a simulated tour which the girls enjoyed. They also have assembly lines set up at the end of the tour where kids can participate.

For me, the best part of Hershey was noticing that the bumper car ride is sponsored by Geico.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Flanders and Swann

This post made me think for the first time in a long time about The Bestiary of Flanders and Swann. I had this record when I was a kid. It’s a collection of dry, quirky animal songs which I sort of vaguely but fondly remember. I was very happy to find this site, which posts the lyrics to the songs on the album. The song I remembered most clearly was The Ostrich:

....Oooh, Peek-a-Boo, I can't see you,
Everything must be grand.
Boo-ka-Pee, they can't see me,
As long as I've got me head in the sand.
Peek-a-Boo, it may be true,
There's something in what you've said,
But we've got enough troubles in everyday life, I just bury me head . . . .

The song ends tragically; we discover the ostrich has buried his head in a nuclear testing ground. I recommend reading through the rest of the lyrics - it's well worth the time.

I also found this performance of The Gnu Song on YouTube.

Thursday, August 23, 2007


Vote or Die Song

They re-ran the voting episode on South Park last night. I love this episode. It's brilliant.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

La Moustache Show

I have a piece included in La Moustache, a show entirely dedicated to mustaches. For my entry, I made a response to Marcel Duchamp's Mona Lisa L.H.O.O.Q. (See left - the man in the photo is Marcel Duchamp.)

The show begins Thursday in Montreal, and later travels to Toronto and Brooklyn. Here are the Montreal details:

Opening Reception:
August 23
6pm � 11pm
Boa Bar, Montreal
5301 St-Laurent

Exhibition Dates:
August 23 - September 4, 2007
Boa Bar, Montreal
5301 St-Laurent

I will not be traveling to Montreal, but I look forward to seeing the show when it comes to Brooklyn.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Letter H

After much deliberation, I chose "Hey hey hey!" for the letter H of my Interjections Alphabet. This was a difficult choice, because "Holy inflatable shark, Batman!" also starts with H. Ultimately, I decided that Fat Albert was more interesting than Robin, even though Robin was way campier.

I also considered "Holy interjection, Batman!" for H, but alas, this was amusing only to me.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Letter G

I used "Good Grief" for G. "Good Grief" was also included in TV Land's list of the 100 Greatest TV Quotes and Catchphrases.

An interesting fact about Charles Schulz: he died the night before the publication of his last original "Peanuts" comic strip. Here is an article about his death. Here is the transcript of a NewsHour tribute to Charles Schultz.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Letter F

I really wanted to use "fuhgeddaboudit" for the letter f of my poster. We live in Queens, not Brooklyn, but I figure that's close enough. Plus, I really love the scene in Donnie Brasco where Donnie defines "fuhgeddaboudit".

Unfortunately I couldn't think of a cartoon character who actually says "fuhgeddaboudit." I went with "(oh) fudge," instead, as said by Dudley Do-Right of the Canadian Mounties.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Ew, Double Ew!

I drew the kids from Cyberchase for the letter E of my Interjections Alphabet. Jackie (the one speaking) interjects this phrase whenever she encounters something gross. I know this because my daughters watch the show every morning before school.

Cyberchase is actually my favorite of the shows that my kids watch. It introduces a lot of different math concepts, including shapes, measurements, angles, and multiplication. Plus, Christopher Lloyd plays the voice of The Hacker.

Monday, August 13, 2007

More Sales News, an on-line Edward Gorey store, has listed 2 of my posters on their site. This makes me very happy because Edward Gorey is my favorite author/illustrator. Gorey is the letter G of my ABCs of Art poster.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

1000 Sold!

I am pleased to report that we have sold 1,000 copies of my ABCs of Art poster! Here is a map of the states we have sold posters in. Here is a breakdown of the sales by state. Based on these numbers, it looks like I should definitely move to California. (Most of the California sales are through the SFMOMA. Most of the other state sales are through Craigslist.)

I think it's really weird that we have sold posters in Alaska and Hawaii, but not Vermont. If you know anyone who lives in Vermont, please ask them why this is.

Scout's Honor!

Our cousin Ed had a play accepted into this year's New York International Fringe Festival. The play is called Scout's Honor, and it is showing now in the Village at The Player's Theater, 115 MacDougal Street. The play is brilliant, of course! Here is a preview of the play. Here is a podcast of Ed talking. (Ed's segment is third on the podcast recording.)

Friday, August 10, 2007

Letter D

This is the letter D of my Interjections Alphabet. As you can see, The Simpsons are well represented in this poster. There is a long list of Simpsons catch phrases to choose from, although not all of the catch phrases are interjections.

"D'oh!" also made TV Land's list of the 100 Greatest TV Quotes and Catchphrases. Also included in this list are quotes by John F. Kennedy, Joseph Welch, and Beavis and Butthead.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Plagiarism and Appropriation Show

Gallery RFD in Swainsboro, GA is running a show called "Plagiarism and Appropriation: Borrowing, Stealing, and Adapting the ideas of others." Here is the description:

Gallery RFD is currently seeking works of art that explore plagiarism and appropriation. Artists of all media including installation and video are invited to explore this theme. The intention of this exhibition is to create a visual dialogue exploring artwork created through appropriated ideas, styles, compositions, and subject matter. This exhibition is expected to showcase work that unapologetically borrows original ideas from anyone of great influence.

Too bad this show is in Georgia. If it were more local, I would definitely apply.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Letter C

I was going to illustrate "Cheers" with Andy Capp for the letter C, but Snidely Whiplash is so much cooler. I did some research for this one, meaning that I rented some old cartoons from Netflix, and it is unclear to me whether Snidely Whiplash is the same character as Dick Dastardly. Any thoughts?

Monday, August 06, 2007

The Enormous Crocodile

This book is fabulous. I had never read it before, but it is now my favorite of Roald Dahl's books. It's about a hungry crocodile who thinks of clever ways to deceive and eat children.


He doesn't eat the children.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Billions of Blue Blistering Barnacles!

This is the letter B of my Interjections Alphabet. I was going to use "Blymie" for B, and draw one of the characters from Andy Capp. However, I decided that Captain Haddock from the Tintin comics was a better choice. There is actually an entire webpage dedicated to Captain Haddock's curses. He seems a natural choice for an interjections poster. (Thanks, Nadia!)

Thursday, August 02, 2007


At long last, I have returned my attention to my Alphabet of Interjections, which is the third installment of my Art in Grammar series. I began this project back in November, when I issued a call for interjections. I was pleased to confirm that the English language contains more than enough interjections to complete an alphabet. Indeed. Who knew?

Several of the interjections from my original list were actually the catch phrases of well-known cartoon characters, i.e. “D’oh!” (Homer Simpson), “Sufferin’ Succotash” (Sylvester), “Rats” (Snoopy), and “Zoinks” (Shaggy). After noticing this, I decided it would be fun to compose an entire alphabet of interjections uttered by cartoon or comic book characters. This list was a challenge for me, since I was not allowed to watch cartoons growing up (d’oh!). Fortunately, my friend Nadia is an animator, and was able to supply me with most of the letters.
I will not be able to print or sell this poster because of the licensing issues, but it will be fun to make anyway. I am starting the alphabet with “Arr!”, uttered by Captain McAllister from The Simpsons.

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